WBEZ | Discovery http://www.wbez.org/tags/discovery Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Way to go science! You found a squid. http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-01/way-go-science-you-found-squid-104790 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/4240283_97825b9b35.jpg" title="(Flickr/Mike Monteiro)" /></p><p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.33492507917404524">Way to go, science! I am very proud of you.</span><br /><br />You haven&rsquo;t been up to much, lately, have you? I am still waiting to hear about that cure for cancer or cure for AIDS, not to mention the invention that disables cell phones in cars except for 911 calls. Have you really had much to say for yourself since, I don&rsquo;t know, the cure for polio? It&rsquo;s gotten to the point where your stock has gotten so low there&rsquo;s been a backlash against you. Vaccines? Pssh. Hate them! Dinosaurs? Not in my back yard. Global warming? POLITICAL AGENDA.<br /><br />But this week you delivered. In the form of footage of <a href="http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/08/giant-squid-videotaped-for-the-first-time-in-its-deep-domain/">the giant squid.</a><br /><br />I didn&rsquo;t think you had it in you. I figured the giant squid was one of those things like &ldquo;Bigfoot&rdquo; or &ldquo;black holes&rdquo; or &ldquo;germs&rdquo; that everybody talks about but you can&rsquo;t really prove. How could you really establish that the &ldquo;giant squids&rdquo; that kept washing up on the beach weren&rsquo;t really just trash bits from some factory in Japan? Giant squids just started seeming like something some crazy old guy with syphilis drew in the middle of the ocean on an old-timey map to take up space.<br /><br />But now we know that you&rsquo;re not completely full of it, scientists. This is very exciting. However! You&rsquo;re now going to have to step up your game. I guess this 3-D printer thing is pretty cool, but you know what comes next. That&rsquo;s right. Unicorns. Show them to me, or else I&rsquo;m going to lose faith in you all over again.</p></p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 21:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-01/way-go-science-you-found-squid-104790 Taking a look at the history and future of HIV/AIDS http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-06/taking-look-history-and-future-hivaids-87450 <p><p>Thirty years ago scientists discovered the first cases of AIDS in the U.S. At that point there weren’t even names for the disease, and contracting the HIV virus was in virtually every case a death sentence.<br> <br> Medical advancements have changed that prognosis, but for those living with the disease, HIV/AIDS is still a struggle involving physical side effects and social attitudes. There are organizations that distribute federal, state and local resources. And many work to educate and prevent further spread of the disease.<br> <br> One of those organizations is the <a href="http://www.aidschicago.org/" target="_blank">AIDS Foundation of Chicago</a>. David Ernesto Munar is president and CEO there, and he joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to look at the history and future of HIV and AIDS.</p><p><em>Music Button: Karsh Kale, "Island," from the release Cinema (Six Degrees)</em></p></p> Mon, 06 Jun 2011 13:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-06/taking-look-history-and-future-hivaids-87450 A NASA space shuttle may find a new home at Adler Planetarium http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-22/nasa-space-shuttle-may-find-new-home-adler-planetarium-84068 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-March/2011-03-22/Adler Flickr Caribb.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>More than 20 museums across America are competing to house one of two retired shuttles from NASA&rsquo;s fleet. Discovery is thought to be heading to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. That just leaves Atlantis and Endeavour.<br /><br />Among the competitors are the <a href="http://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/" target="_blank">Kennedy Space Center</a>, <a href="http://www.museumofflight.org/" target="_blank">Seattle&rsquo;s Museum of Flight</a> and Chicago&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.adlerplanetarium.org/educate?gclid=CPyCk5Kl4qcCFQprKgodnxc1_w" target="_blank">Adler Planetarium</a>. <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> spoke with Dr. Marvin Bolt, Vice President for Collections at the Adler, to find out why the Alder wants a Shuttle, and why he thinks it should get one.</p></p> Tue, 22 Mar 2011 12:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-22/nasa-space-shuttle-may-find-new-home-adler-planetarium-84068